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The Decline Of Cigarettes In 2 Captivating Map GIFs

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 09.10.2014 | Business

Smoking has become a much more costly habit in the last several decades, in large part because of increasingly high levels of taxes levied on tobacco....

Tax-Hating South Totally Cool With Taxing Your Beer

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 07.31.2014 | Business

Forget what you've heard about the low-tax South. Southerners actually pay some of the highest taxes in the nation when it comes to the important thin...

The History of Mass Surveillance: Resistance

Michael Nirenberg | Posted 05.04.2014 | Huffpost Code
Michael Nirenberg

There is another aspect to the origin story of contemporary mass surveillance in the US: Resistance. While most "phone phreaks" and telephone enthusiasts were unaware of AT&T's Top Secret Project Greenstar, there was enough general contempt for the phone company's monopoly to trigger a viable resistance movement that had been percolating within the 1960s counterculture.

Severance Pay and Federal and New Jersey Taxes

Lowell Kirschner | Posted 09.30.2012 | Money
Lowell Kirschner

Employers customarily award severance pay to their former employees -- but there are some income, employment and possible excise tax implications to the employer and former employee with respect to severance pay.

The Moral Tax

Edward Flattau | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

From a moral standpoint, there is no question that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney should retract opposition to the Obama Administration's 61-cent federal excise tax increase on cigarettes.

The Fuel Tax, Toll Roads, And Washington's Protracted Silly Season

John B. Townsend II | Posted 11.27.2011 | DC
John B. Townsend II

Like Charon the Ferryman who took the souls of the dead across the River Styx in the underworld, Virginia and Maryland are turning to tolls to build and maintain roads. How did it come to this?

Sam Adams Beer Pleads To Keep Craft Status

The Huffington Post | Joe Daly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Sam Adams Beer Pleads To Keep Craft Status

The White House Weighs In On Health Reform -- What's Next?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The President is outlining what he considers a reasonable resolution of the two bills. Will it work? Consider this: The alternative is no legislation at all.

Will This Study Finally End Democrats' Magical Thinking About the 'Cadillac Tax'?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Zombie ideas -- like the Cadillac tax and trickle-down economics -- are hard to kill. If they sound good to you the first time you hear them, then you fall in love with them.

House Dem on the Senate: "There is No Way We're Going to Trust Them"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We had a very frank conversation with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on The Young Turks. We talked about whether it makes sense to reach out to Republi...

A Public Option Tree in the Health Care Reform Forest

Aaron E. Carroll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron E. Carroll

However it started, the public option is now a shell of its former self. At best it's opt-out or triggered. You can only get it if you're in the insurance exchange.

Sam Stein

Labor Not Ready To Commit To Health Reform, Meeting With House Dems Soon

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Labor leaders are not yet ready to commit to supporting comprehensive health care reform legislation despite meeting with the president to discuss the...

Is Truth the Next Casualty in the White House's Push For the Senate Bill?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Policy experts are free to represent their Administration. But, like generals testifying before Congress, I believe they also have a responsibility to lay the facts out fully before the American people.

Three Reasons You May Be Uneasy With Health Reform

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the end product is an imperfect health care reform bill, one that takes too much from the middle class in order to help those even less fortunate, that won't be what some people wanted. But it will be be an improvement.

Sam Stein

White House And Labor Make 'Big Strides' On Health Care

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House and major labor unions are making what one source familiar with the conversations called "big strides" in hammering out an agreement o...

Nurse Notes: Taxing Healthcare Benefits Will Harm My Patients

Deborah Burger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Burger

It is unconscionable that workers and families with employer-sponsored health plans would have their health coverage taxed and seriously eroded.

Blowback: New Evidence The Health Tax Is Unfair, Unwise ... and Could Be Political Suicide

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The silver lining, according to many economists who support the Cadillac insurance tax, is that employers will then take the money they're not spending on health care and give it to their workers as wages. That's probably wrong.

The Washington Post: Always Fighting the Wrong War

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If the Washington Post will outsource financial reporting to an anti-spending conservative, why wouldn't they outsource their health reform reporting to ... insurance companies?

A Tax Even Its Defenders Can't Love

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Why does anyone think the badly-designed "Cadillac tax" will evolve into something better? The most likely outcome is a backlash that makes genuine cost containment impossible for a generation.

Getting Real: Ten Myths Behind Progressive Support for the Senate Health Bill

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Some of the current bill's provisions are going to hurt the Democrats and will probably cost them seats unless they're removed. How can a smaller group of Democrats do what a bigger group could not?

Americans Really Don't Want the Baucus Insurance Tax

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Two polls in two days found widespread opposition to the insurance tax, and broad support for an income surtax on the wealthiest households. It's pretty clear where the political center is.

DC's Excise Tax Cult Battles Unions, Critical Research and Taxing the Rich

Art Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Art Levine

The centrist natives of Washington are banding together to defend their faith-based totem: the wildly unpopular excise tax on high-cost health plans.

I'm the Guy Who Cut Your Health Benefits. Trust Me.

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

If Congress and the White House are serious about creating effective reform, they need to pay more attention to how some of these proposals will play out in the actual arena of medical economics.

A Personal Appeal: The Middle-Class Health Tax Must Be Stopped

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

The so-called (and misnamed) "Cadillac tax" is unfair and unwise. It's also a political landmine for its supporters, and a political goldmine for those who oppose all health reform.

Union Exemption From Excise Tax Is a Bad, Bad Idea

Michael Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Whitney

If unions take the deal to exempt union health care plans from the excise tax, they fulfill one of the worst of stereotypes of labor unions: blind self interest.